KL Rahul had injured his shoulder during the first Test against Australia in Pune. (Photo: BCCI)
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KL Rahul Says Chances of Playing Champions Trophy “Very Slim”

Indian opener KL Rahul was forced to pull out of the ongoing IPL to get surgery on his injured shoulder, and as Times of India now reports, he is also likely to miss June’s Champions Trophy.

I will just have to wait and see but the chances are very, very slim. The doctor said it will take 2-3 months. Each body is different, so you don’t know how it recovers. It is totally up to me and how I well I take care of myself in the rehab phase. For now, it is 2-3 weeks of relaxing and after that, I will start physiotherapy. My rehab will start from there.
KL Rahul

The Champions Trophy, to be played between the top eight ODI sides of the world, starts from June 1 in England. Defending champions India are in Group B with neighbours and arch-rivals Pakistan, South Africa and Sri Lanka.

After getting surgery on his injured shoulder in London, KL Rahul joined his IPL team RCB to cheer them on for a home game. (Photo: BCCI)
After getting surgery on his injured shoulder in London, KL Rahul joined his IPL team RCB to cheer them on for a home game. (Photo: BCCI)

Rahul had injured his left shoulder against Australia in Pune in February but had continued to play the four-match series till the end of March. After the 2-1 series victory however, Rahul travelled to London to get surgery on his shoulder.

I had torn my labrum [a ring of fibrocartilage attached to the shoulder socket]. I couldn’t get into a few positions because my shoulder kept dislocating. That’s why I couldn’t play a lot of shots and had to restrict myself. I played with a lot of medication and taping.
KL Rahul

The Bengaluru-based batsman has missed quite a few matches due to injury since his 2014 India debut in the Boxing Day test against Australia in Melbourne.

It is frustrating for a young man who is new to international cricket – it’s been two-and-a-half years now. I’ve already been injured twice or thrice. It makes me think about what I am doing wrong. I can’t see any reason why I keep getting injured because I am disciplined with my fitness and my diet and I look after my body.
KL Rahul

Despite carrying an injury through the series, Rahul was India’s second-highest run-scorer with 393 runs, behind Cheteshwar Pujara.